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The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

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Stielow JB, Lévesque CA, Seifert KA, Meyer W, Irinyi L, Smits D, Renfurm R, Verkley GJM, Groenewald M, Chaduli D, Lomascolo A, Welti S, Lesage-Meessen L, Favel A, Al-Hatmi AMS, Damm U, Yilmaz N, Houbraken J, Lombard L, Quaedvlieg W, Binder M, Vaas LAI, Vu D, Yurkov A, Begerow D, Roehl O, Guerreiro M, Fonseca A, Samerpitak K, Van Diepeningen AD, Dolatabadi S, Moreno LF, Casaregola S, Mallet S, Jacques N, Roscini L, Egidi E, Bizet C, Garcia-Hermoso D, Martín MP, Deng S, Groenewald JZ, Boekhout T, De Beer ZW, Barnes I, Duong TA, Wingfield MJ, De Hoog GS, Crous PW, Lewis CT, Hambleton S, Moussa TAA, Al-Zahrani HS, Almaghrabi OA, Louis-Seize G, Assabgui R, McCormick W, Omer G, Dukik K, Cardinali G, Eberhardt U, De Vries M, Robert V. (2015) One fungus, which genes? Development and assessment of universal primers for potential secondary fungal DNA barcodes. Persoonia 10.3767/003158515X689135 PDF
Wingfield MJ, Brockerhoff EG, Wingfield BD, Slippers B. (2015) Planted forest health: The need for a global strategy. Science 349(6250):832-836. 10.1126/science.aac6674
Musvuugwa T, De Beer ZW, Duong T, Dreyer L, Oberlander K, Roets F. (2015) New species of Ophiostomatales from Scolytinae and Platypodinae beetles in the Cape Floristic Region, including the discovery of the sexual state of Raffaelea. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek :1-18. 10.1007/s10482-015-0547-7
Crous PW, Hawksworth DL, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Identifying and Naming Plant-Pathogenic Fungi: Past, Present, and Future. Annual Review of Phytopathology 53(1):247-267. 10.1146/annurev-phyto-080614-120245
Marincowitz S, Coetzee MPA, Wilken PM, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Phylogenetic placement of Itajahya: An unusual Jacaranda fungal associate. IMA Fungus 6(2):257-262. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.02.01 PDF

FABI Events

2015-09-01 16h00 Prestige Seminar FABI seminar room File

Luke Jimu - Diseases and pests of Eucalyptus species in Zimbabwe with particular reference to Teratosphaeria stem canker

2015-09-03 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Joseph Machua
Godfrey Kgatle - Seed transmissible Alternaria spp.: a sunflower trade conundrum
Melissa Simpson - Karyotyping the Ceratocystidaceae
Stanford Kwenda - Transcriptome profiling of potato cultivars under Pectobacterium cartovorum subspecies brasiliense challenge
Margot Muller - Bacterial diseases of Cherry and Apricot trees in South Africa
2015-09-04  Microscopy Course FABI microscope room

This course for first-time users of microscopes and new students will run for two 2-hour sessions on 4 September 2015. Only for FABI students. If you want to attend, please fill in your name on the list on the board outside the microscope room, next to the time slot of your choice. For further details, please contact Angelica Marsberg (Angelica.Marsberg@fabi.up.ac.za).

2015-09-07 08h00-17h00 TPCP/CTHB Phylogenomics Workshop Bioinformatics Computer Room FABI2

Attendance restricted to TPCP-CTHB group members. Register here